MAKIKO KUDO

Makiko Kudo

工藤麻紀子 Makiko Kudo 誰もいないと思った I thought there was nobody 2012 oil on canvas 181.5 x 227.0 cm © Makiko Kudo

〈On the Exhibition〉

8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery is pleased to present Makiko Kudo’s exhibition to commemorate the publication of “Turning”, Makiko Kudo’s catalogue. This is the second show of the young Japanese artist series, following Toru Kuwakubo. With her primitive brushwork, she paints the world she has actually seen and experienced such as plants, trees and rivers she sees while walking, a house she used to live in, cats, the moon in the sky, and a dreamy girl, creating somewhat lonely and fleeting fantasy, yet recalling the sweet memories of the past in the paintings. Developing multifarious surfaces simultaneously, bold compositions and free touch of her paintings sometimes display the memories of a childhood sensitivity, giving viewers a fresh impression. At this exhibition, her new works of various sizes are showcased. Please enjoy her world of imagination.

◉Gallery Talk by Makiko Kudo, Toru Kuwakubo and Tomio Koyama

 Starts from 19:00 on 1/16 (Wed.) at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery

 At the opening of Maiko Kudo’s exhibition, 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery will hold artist talk by Makiko Kudo, Toru Kuwakubo and Tomio Koyama. Toru Kuwakubo, who held a well-received solo exhibition from November 28 till December 17, and Makiko Kudo have been friends ever since cram-school and they were both born in 1978. Those two artists who know each other well will talk about the concepts and thoughts on their works with Tomio Koyama.

Artist Profile

Makiko Kudo

Makiko Kudo was born in 1978 in Aomori, Japan. In 2002, she graduated from the Oil Painting Department of Joshibi University of Art and Design. She currently lives and works in Kanagawa, Japan.
In 2002, she participated in a group exhibition curated by Tomio Koyama “Fragile Figures” (Palette Club, Tokyo) as well as a group exhibition curated by Takashi Murakami “Tokyo Girls Bravo 2” (NADiff, Tokyo). After 2004, she has presented her work in numerous exhibitions internationally and domestically.

In Makiko Kudo’s paintings, a mental image-landscape unfolds within which both things she encounters in daily life and the dream-like world of her imagination that have formed a single-harmonized entity. Her audacious compositions are over-brimmed with a sense of chaotic liveliness, dynamic yet detailed brushstrokes, balanced vibrant colors, and the multiple settings and perspectives which develop simultaneously within them.

Her major solo exhibitions were held at Tomio Koyama Gallery in 2016, Wilkinson Gallery, London in 2015 and 2012, Marc Foxx Gallery, LA in 2011 and Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen in 2010. Her major group exhibitions include “The Way of Painting” (Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, 2014), “The New International 2014” (Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2014), “Towada Art Center 5th Anniversary Exhibition: flowers” (Towada Art Center, Aomori, 2013), “Body Language” (Saatchi Gallery, London, 2013), “Pathos and Small Narratives” (Gana Art Center, Seoul, 2011), “Pretty Baby” (Modern Art Museum, Modern Art museum, Fort Worth, TX, 2007), “MATRIX213: Some forgotten place” (Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA).

Kudo’s paintings have been acquired by the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Olbricht Collection (Germany), Saatchi Collection (London), Flowerman Collection, the Japan Foundation and the RyutaroTakahashi Collection (Tokyo). Her monograph “Turning” was published in 2012 from Tomio Koyama Gallery.

  • Installation view at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2013 ©Makiko Kudo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2013 ©Makiko Kudo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • installation view at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2013 ©Makiko Kudo, Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • installation view at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2013 ©Makiko Kudo, Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • ずっとここにいた? Been here all the time? 2013 oil on canvas 80.5 × 99.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • ペング員 Penguins 2012 oil on canvas 65.5 × 80.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo